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Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: Metro Atlanta Recovery Residences (MARR) is dedicated to bringing lasting recovery to alcohol and drug addicted individuals and their families.

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Yes all these are older and none available on actual website. I'm posting teice bc I truly think these ppl are monsters. My boyfriend and father to my children abandoned us these last to years bc they told him too. Weve has issues but my children tried to vommit suicide over this. He still broke rules , gambled and saw me and spoke to me. He had money so bought his way out of trouble here. Non profit. No he paid 30 grams per six months for two years, so I know the real truth. Ive heard THE horrible stories and you see only the good. Weve been homeless and lost everything , this guy abandons responsibility at a resort. Just great. Who justifies this establishment? I guess evil wrong doers who want to escape their families. And skate through still getting away with addiction and lies.

1 Michelle371

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

My boyfriend, my childrens step father and father moved to Marr last July, upon which we had agreed to family counseling and visitation. Well, we never got that . This caused my daughter , then 16, to cut herself and I had to have her admitted to peach ford for suicide watch. Now my son is having abandonment issues as well. Though I understand my ex is doing great . I'd like to tellearn the side of the families who get left behind . They essentially make these men quit their lives altogether , they do not promote families at all. And I'd never recommend anyone ever going here if you wish to love your children or wives because they are apparently against it. My family has suffered dearly and are continuing to . So just to let the public know how way off they are on interpersonal communication. My opinion is they suck in this aspect . I do hope in the future they throw the value of family in their program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MARR saved my son's life!!! He has been sober since he was admitted in May of 2009. He graduated from college at 30 years old in May of 2015 summa cum laude with a 4.0.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MARR saved my son's life.







Sincerely,

Michael Litten

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would definitely checkout all the rehab facilities in the Atlanta area before committing to MARR. I have heard that MARR did have an overdose death. Some of the MARR staff gave me the impression of a really good car salesmen. Meaning they can talk the talk, and really want your money. They also do not incorporate any physically activity into their rehab program. A lot of down time, not doing anything. This alone is destructive behavior.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am trying to figure out why all the reviews are only from Feb. 2011. They all seem like they were written by the same person.
Can someone on this site please explain this?
Thanks.
Cindy

2 Sally

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family had pretty well hit bottom as we watched our daughter struggle with the disease of addiction and as she reached her own bottom. As her mom, I had begged and pleaded with local professionals, law enforcement, community mental health to force a change that would affect my daughter enough that she would choose wellness. But to no avail. Finally she agreed to attend a 90-day rehab where she had about a month's success, but then the relapses started and she was in and out of detox and the disease continued to control her. It was in Michigan that her very kind psychiatrist told me that she could not return to the local rehab facility and that we should get her out of the state within 24 hours. It was that bad. And that difficult. He gave me the names and numbers of three reputable and impressive rehab facilities to call to see if she could get in one immediately. I called one in another midwestern state, which seemed ok, but I wasn't somehow drawn in--and then I called MARR. I spoke to the kindest, most incredible man in the world there who inspired me with the most hope that I had had in two or three years. He told me that our daughter could get well and he shared his own personal experiences with the disease. He seemed to really understand all my pain and fears in a way that no other person at that point had seemed to be able to relate. I was sold on MARR. I didn't care at that point how we would do it. I just told my husband there was no choice, and he agreed, it was something we had to do. Fortunately, for me, my sisters were extremely supportive too and as a family, we were able to pull off the financial arrangements, etc. We made our flight arrangements, packed our daughter up with just a few necessities and flew with her to Atlanta to drop her off. Scared? Yes. Other choices? No. That was the Thursday before Mother's Day (2008) that we dropped off our very sick daughter at MARR (women's recovery) in Lawrenceville and to this day we have never regretted it. MARR has the professionals, the programs, the approaches, and the skills to help our friends and families who struggle with alcoholism/addiction. MARR staff is commited and gifted as it perseveres, challenges, encourages, supports, and educates not only the alcoholic/addict, but also other family members. In time, through this program, everyone afflicted or inflicted with the disease begins to achieve a similar commitment and new found hope as we slowly untangle the many webs and knock down the barriers to regain our health. Because we specifically were an out-of-state family, we felt particularly lucky that there was a family counseling service offered by MARR, which helped us understand our fears and face our general sadness about just missing our daughter. Those phone calls with a MARR counselor were so meaningful as we worked our own 12-step Al-Anon program in Michigan. As part of the MARR treatment plan, staff was able to recognize and help us with our emotional pain. Eventually, perhaps sometimes slowly, the fog lifted and we were able to have realistic hope about our daughter's success in recovery and we began to live again. Now we just try to make regular trips to Atlanta to visit. Our daughter is working in the Atlanta area, plans to go to school, and she is about to have her first child. Thank you MARR. We are forever truly grateful to you as an organization and to your staff both as people and skilled professionals. It's so much easier to deal with life on life's terms when we're all thinking clearly. MARR has given us clarity, truth, and happiness. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been familiar with MARR for over 5 years through my husband's volunteer work. I have met many of the staff - counselors and administration - as well as volunteers and am impressed with their expertise and dedication. Watching and talking to to alumni tells me that many lives have been saved and changed for the better. Their testimonies are proof thatMARR is an excellent organization.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I wish I could write a review, but my review would contain negative feedback. The "terms of use" indicate that by posting content, I "grant GreatNonprofits a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such Content throughout the world in any media". The terms of use also state that I "assume all risks associated with use of your Content, including any reliance on its accuracy..."
If I have zero guarantee that my content will be posted as I submit it and know that my content may be modified by third parties throughout the world, I can't write a review, and I'm not sure how other reviews can be relied upon.

Review from Guidestar

JMIII

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a special educator and in recovery myself for better than 15 years at this point I am very close to the recovery community. This community includes AA, NA, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, recovery businesses and residences, halfway houses and middle and high school students with drug and alcohol problems. Over my time in recovery I have come to know both personally and professionally what works. Having come to know both graduates and people within the organization in past years I find the stability and integrity of the organization and it's personnel impeccable & the quality of it's graduates of the highest caliber. We need more organizations like MARR. My hat is off to them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband attended MARR for 6 months. I had no idea how important MARR would be for me during that time and since he has come home. They helped me understand the disease and my part in my families recovery. I still use MARR as a resource on a weekly basis to continue my work in recovery. I'm happy to say my husband has been sober now for over 18 months and my two boys and I could not be happier to have him home with us each and every day. It has been nothing short or a miracle and some great guidance from the staff at Marr and those involved in the MARR family network. Thank you!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had 2 close friends attend MARR for addiction problems. To this day their life continues to get better and better. The MARR program has really worked for them but the new relationships they have made is remarkable. The people at MARR really care about long term recovery and family recovery. Both my friends went there for in-patient and today they still visit for meetings and to volunteer. If you know someone you love with drug addiction or alcohol problems, MARR can help!!

Sincerely,
TC

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more worthy non-profit in the metro Atlanta area. The lives that have been changed, the real help that is provided through the services and programs of MARR are head and shoulders above all other recovery programs I've watch come and go during the past 4 decades.

The staff, the volunteers, the sponsors and the Board of Directors all have one goal in mind. Doing good in a field where it is hard to do so.

My hat is off to them and all who support them.

-Robert Barnes

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first-hand how powerful the work of MARR is. A relative of mine was in serious trouble until he connected with MARR. He had been in other rehab programs before but MARR was the only one that was able to help him in deep and profound ways. Now he has been clean and sober and a strong role model in the community for almost 2 decades. I applaud the work MARR is doing -- it is changing the world!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a friend to many people who have been directly served by MARR. I have had the distinct pleasure to know both MARR Staff members and Board members, whose wisdom and kindness have touched my life every time I interact with each and every one of them. When I watch them in action with their clients, I sense their compasssion and understanding. As a sober Alcoholic, I can attest to this Recovery Center's programs and their integrity in working to help people attain sobriety and a happy, healthy and productive new life.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter had been in one other rehab program for alcohol use and did not stay in recovery. Two doctors recommended the MARR program and out of desparation she entered MARR dragging her feet. Within a few weeks she reported that the former rehab program was "Mickey Mouse" compared to this and that she thanked us for sending her. We saw her gain self-confidence and being responsible. She decided to stay for 18 months and they had to convince her she could succeed outside the program. What a miracle we have experienced. She has been employed in a managerial position for four years, is married and a happy mother of two young children. God and MARR are awesome together.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My brother was greatly helped by MARR, and today he's a walking miracle! What a great organization. They have been a huge blessing in my life.

Review from Guidestar

Martha

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several MARR alumni are close friends of mine. I know that they attribute their recovery and success in life to their experience in MARR program. Each year we attend the annual "Celebration of Recovery" MARR banquet. The 1000+ people at that event are a true testimony to the outstanding work that MARR does day in and day out.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe in the program taught at MARR. Many of the past clients are good friends of mine. I would not have this privilege if it had not been for MARR.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the blessing of having known many MARR clients, and have had MARR clients in my big book studies in past years. Many MARR grads are now part of my recovery family. I've referred to MARR, and have at times sought counseling for myself from one of their counselors when I was in a relationship with an addict. I have nothing but the highest praise for the organization. It takes the broken and loves and guides them thru the healing process. It has to be one of the best places an addict or alcoholic could find himself. I know many graduates who have full and successful lives now - what greater testament is there to their effectiveness? God bless you, MARR.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a pastor in North Georgia I had the opportunity to work with a variety of people. Many of them had problems related to recovery issues. One member in particular of our congregation spoke high of the change in her life because of MARR. After hearing her story and her before and after experiences, I had no problem referring others to the program. MARR has changed many lives and for that I am very thankful.

Review from Guidestar